VANCOUVER – Family and colleagues from the professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., who was lost in Colombia, claims to have been found dead.
Colombian police regained the body of Ramazan (Ramo) Gencay outside Medellin, university president Andrew Petter said in a statement for lecturers and employees on Wednesday.
"Ramo will be very abandoned by the SFU community, and our hearts go out to the SFU family, friends and faculty, students and employees who worked with him," he wrote.
"I know how disturbing this news is for the SFU community and I would like to reassure everyone that we will continue to do everything to support the Ramo family in this sad and difficult time."
Carole Gencay published a short Facebook statement on Thursday, confirming that her husband died this month.
"You may already know that he died prematurely in Medellin, Colombia, I will be in touch with life ceremonies," she said.
Gencay was in seminary in Colombia, and his wife said he was last seen at the salsa nightclub on December 6.
His friends and family turned to social media earlier this month to convey a message that he was missing.
Global Affairs cooperates with family
Global Affairs Canada reported that it provides consular assistance to a Canadian family who died in Colombia.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of a Canadian citizen who died in Colombia," said spokesman Philip Hannan in a statement.
"Canadian consular officials are in contact with local authorities to collect additional information."
In a statement issued by the university, Petter said that everyone at school "will be saddened by the tragic news of Professor Gencay's death."
"He was an outstanding associate of the university community and he would be short of everyone who knew him."
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